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It is an attractive garden ornament and at the same time extremely easy to care for and robust: the marigolds. This is why the flowering plant from Mexico is one of the most popular summer bloomers in our gardens. Planting marigolds will even help improve soil quality and keep pests like nematodes or snails at bay.

The marigolds can be planted out after the ice saints

Which location does the marigold prefer?

Give the marigold a full sun location. Partial shade is also well tolerated.

What demands does the plant have on the soil?

The marigold likes a well-drained, loose garden soil with a moderate nutrient content.

When does the marigold bloom?

The marigold keeps producing new flowers throughout the summer. However, it is important to regularly remove faded flowers so that the plant does not put all its energy into seed formation.

Can you propagate and grow marigolds yourself?

The marigold forms numerous marigold seeds in the faded heads, which you can shake out and use for breeding. The seeds germinate very well, so propagation is easy even without the famous green thumb.

How is it brought forward and transplanted?

Early March is the right time for sowing. Until the ice saints, the young plants must be cared for in a bright place in the house and then slowly accustomed to the outdoors.

When are the marigolds planted?

Only when there is definitely no threat of night frost can both purchased and self-grown marigolds be placed in the garden.

Which planting distance is optimal?

Most marigold varieties do not grow very tall. Therefore, a planting distance of ten to fifteen centimeters is sufficient. Exotic varieties that grow taller require more space accordingly. The distance between the individual plants is usually stated on the plant label or the seed bag.

Good neighbors

The marigold drives away nematodes, serves as a "distraction plant" for snails and drives away pests such as whiteflies. The marigold is even said to help against mice. For this reason it is a particularly good companion plant for:

  • cabbage
  • tomatoes
  • potatoes
  • carrots
  • Parsely
  • cucumbers
  • beans
  • roses


Many find the smell of the marigold unpleasant. However, this is partly responsible for the benefits of the marigolds and it is worth accepting this.

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